New Delhi: On the occasion of National Press Day, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu awarded the winners of ‘National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2019′ at New Delhi on 16 November. Journalists in different fields were honoured for exemplary work in journalism at an event organized by the Press Council of India.
Speaking on the occasion, Naidu highlighted the significance and role of media. He said that ever since the launch of the first newspaper in India, ‘The Bengal Gazette’ by James Augustus Hickey in 1780, the press has been playing an outstanding role in empowering the people.
In his address, the Vice President said “The cardinal principle of journalism is to present fair, objective, accurate and balanced information to the reader and viewer without journalists assuming the role of gatekeepers.”
Naidu also spoke of the evils of fake news and urged media persons to always maintain objectivity, fairness and accuracy. “With the electronic and social media providing news by the minute with alerts and flashes on smart phones, journalists will have to exercise greater caution and guard against ‘fake news’, disinformation and misinformation.”
Naidu appealed to the Press to provide greater space to development news and important sectors such as agriculture. HE further lauded the efforts of the Press Council of India for its role in promoting responsible journalism in the country.
Naidu also released the Norms of Journalistic Conduct, Edition 2019, the directory of the Press Council of India at the award function.
Also speaking to the gathering, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar addressed the key issues that the media fraternity faced. “Today there is a crisis of fake news more than paid news. Fake news has a higher TRP and this is not good for the society and the country. Media must understand the important responsibility they have to shoulder and cater towards delivering the right news to end-users,” said Javadekar.
Some recipients of the awards were:
- Gulab Kothari, chairman of Rajasthan Patrika, received the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award.
- Sanjay Saini, Correspondent at Dainik Bhaskar, and Raj Chengappa, Group Editorial Director (Publishing) at India Today, jointly received the award in the category of ‘Rural Journalism.’
- Shiva Swaroop Awasthi, Senior Reporter at Dainik Jagran and Anu Abrahim, Sub-Editor at Mathrubhumi, Calicut, were jointly awarded in the category of ‘Development Reporting.’
- Saurabh Duggal, Hindustan Times, has been selected in the ‘Sports Reporting’ category.
- Ruby Sarkar, Special Correspondent at Deshbandhu, Bhopal, and Anuradha Mascarenhas, Senior Editor at The Indian Express, were jointly awarded in the newly introduced category of ‘Gender Based Reporting.’
- Krishn Kaushik and Sandeep Singh at The Indian Express were selected in the newly introduced award category of ‘Financial Reporting.’
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